Worthing Symphony Orchestra
Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing BN11 1HQ
Sunday, March 10, 2.45pm
IN 1812, at the age of 24, George Gordon, Lord Byron, was the literary and social lion of London and his writings had a huge effect on European artists and composers of the day.
Young French composer Louis-Hector Berlioz’s homage to Byron’s work Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage came in the form of a great orchestral masterpiece, Harold in Italy, which will be one of the works in Worthing Symphony Orchestra’s next concert.
Berlioz’s friend, violin virtuoso Nicolo Paganini, lamented he had ‘no suitable music’ for his new viola and Berlioz composed an orchestral work which showcased the instrument.
It will be performed by celebrated viola player Sarah-Jane Bradley, making her Worthing debut with WSO.
A former student of the Royal Academy of Music and the Mozarteum, Salzburg, Sarah-Jane has gone on to a hugely successful international concert and recording career. She is a passionate advocate of the viola and has premiered many works.
Sarah-Jane will also play William Alwyn’s pensive Pastorial Fantasia for viola and strings.
Alwyn was a champion of the viola and wrote several works especially for it. Pastoral Fantasia, written in the early years of the Second World War, ranks alongside The Lark Ascending and On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring for its delicate evocation of the English countryside.
The March concert also includes Chabrier’s Joyeuse March, the delicate favourite Clair de Lune by Debussy, with Bizet’s L’Arlesienne – Suite No. 1, concluding a wonderful spring concert from the professional orchestra of West Sussex.